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Karen

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Karen
カリン Karin
HeartGold SoulSilver Karen.png
Art from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Age 25*
Gender Female
Eye color Silvery-blue
Hair color Silvery-blue
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto or Johto
Trainer class Elite Four
Generation II, IV
Games Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Stadium 2
Elite Four of Indigo Plateau
Specializes in Dark types

Karen (Japanese: カリン Karin) is a Master Dark-type Trainer and member of the Johto Elite Four.

In the games

In the Generation II and IV games, Karen is the fourth and final member of the Elite Four. She must be defeated before facing Lance, the Pokémon Champion.

Karen prefers Dark-type Pokémon because she likes the tough and wild image they portray.

Pokémon

This listing is for Karen's Pokémon in the video games in which she has appeared.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

First battle


Rematch


Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1


Round 2


Quotes

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Before battle
"I am Karen of the Elite Four. You're <player>? How amusing. I love dark-type Pokémon. I find their wild, tough image to be so appealing. And they're so strong. Think you can take them? Just try to entertain me. Let's go."
  • Being defeated
"Well, aren't you good. I like that in a trainer."
  • After being defeated
"Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites. I like your style. You understand what's important. Go on — — the Champion is waiting."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • Before battle
"I am Karen of the Elite Four. You're <player>? How amusing. I love Dark-type Pokémon. I'm known for my overpowering tactics. Think you can take them? Just try to entertain me. Let's go."
  • After sending out last Pokémon
"This is far from being backed into a corner!"
  • Last Pokémon at critical health
"You're no ordinary Trainer to have gotten this far."
  • Being defeated
"Well, aren't you good. I like that in a Trainer."
  • After being defeated
"Strong Pokémon. Weak Pokémon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled Trainers should try to win with the Pokémon they love best. I like your style. You understand what's important. Go on — — the Champion is waiting."

Artwork

Gold Silver Karen.png
Headshot from
Generation II

Sprites

Spr GS Karen.png Spr HGSS Karen.png VSKaren.png Karen II OD.png Karen OD.png S2 Elite Four Karen.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portrait from
Stadium 2

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Karen and the Elite Four in Pokémon Adventures

Karen, along with Will, Green, Silver, Sham, and Carl, is one of the children kidnapped by the Masked Man and raised to be his servants. Karen was one of the leaders of the new Team Rocket formed in Johto. Unlike Silver and Green, she and Will were willing members of the evil man's cohorts, having been inducted as one of his followers at the age of eleven, and continuously trained. They expected a surefire victory against Green, which seemed feasible with Ho-Oh and Lugia under their command. However, with the resistance of Green and her friends Red and Blue each commanding one of the legendary birds of Kanto, and the help of many other Pokémon sent from all across Johto and Kanto, Ho-Oh and Lugia were freed. Karen then fled with Will.

After the Masked Man was defeated, Karen formed an alliance with Bruno, Will, and Koga; the four of them are all ex-members of various criminal organizations. They later reappear in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter as the new official Elite Four of Johto.

Pokémon

This listing is of Karen's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Karen's Eevee

Karen's Umbreon
Eevee → Umbreon
Karen's Umbreon is the cornerstone of her team. It was called out to battle Green's Snubbull. During the battle, it was shown to be very tough as it was able to stop a Bite attack. It was knocked back by a Take Down along with Charm.

In a flashback of Escape, it was revealed that her Umbreon evolved from an Eevee given to her by the Masked Man.

Umbreon's known moves are Faint Attack, Moonlight, and Bite.

Debut The Last Battle VII
Karen's Murkrow
Murkrow (×2)
Karen used these two Murkrow for mostly flight support after the battle with the Masked Man was over.

None of Murkrow's moves are known.

Debut The Last Battle VII
Karen's Houndoom
Houndoom
Karen's Houndoom first appeared when the Johto Elite Four were together before performing in the Pokéathlon.

None of Houndoom's moves are known.

Debut Attaway, Aipom!

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

When Jou obtained all 8 badges, he was shown battling Karen. After defeating Karen, Jou went on to battle Lance.

Pokémon

Karen's Umbreon
Umbreon
Umbreon is Karen's only known Pokémon. It battled Jou's Totodile and lost.

None of Umbreon's moves are known.

Debut Betting on the Name of the Strongest!

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Karen in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Red encounters Karen in A Challenge to the Elite Four! as part of the newly reformed Elite Four. Her role in this manga is similar to Lance's in the Generation II games and the remakes where she was the last one fought as Lance himself was absent.

When Red arrived in the Pokémon League, Will, Koga and Bruno fell from the Elite Four Tower, seemly defeated by Karen. Red ask them what happened, but Koga asked him to ask Karen herself. Red manages to get to the top and finds Karen, along with her's, Koga's, Bruno's and Will's Pokémon. Red asked Karen what happened between her and the rest of the Elite Four, but Karen says it is none of his business. However, with her teammates' Pokémon, Red is outnumbered. Clefairy then takes out a giant sieve to "sieve" out the opponents, leaving behind only Karen's Umbreon. Umbreon proves to be a tough opponent, but Clefairy succeeds in beating it.

After her defeat, Karen reveals to Red what actually happened. The Elite Four were exhausted from training, thus Karen decided to tell them a joke. After Karen shares the same joke to Red and his Pokémon, only Clefairy finds it funny and laugh, while Red and his other Pokémon fell down at the dumb joke. Apparently, Will, Koga and Bruno also fell down the building after hearing her dumb joke.

Pokémon

Karen's Vileplume
Vileplume
Vileplume was one of the Pokémon that was "sieved" by Clefairy.

None of Vileplume's moves are known.

Debut A Challenge to the Elite Four!
Karen's Gengar
Gengar
Gengar was one of the Pokémon that was "sieved" by Clefairy.

None of Gengar's moves are known.

Debut A Challenge to the Elite Four!
Karen's Umbreon
Umbreon
Umbreon is the Pokémon that Clefairy battle with. In the first part of the battle, Clefairy treated it as a dog by showing Umbreon to some chicken, in which Umbreon liked. Later, Umbreon's Sand-Attack and Mean Look put Clefairy at a disadvantage. Tyrogue pointed out to a bright sun in which Clefairy can use to win. Clefairy uses Light Screen so that the sun's ray can reflect it and turns it into SolarBeam, which defeated Umbreon.

Umbreon's known moves are Sand-Attack and Mean Look.

Debut A Challenge to the Elite Four!

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Karen or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Karen's Pokémon
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Karen's Rapidash Fire Tyranitar Half Deck     Pokémon VS Common 087/141
Karen's Magmar Fire       Pokémon VS Common 088/141
Karen's Flareon Fire       Pokémon VS Common 089/141
Karen's Tyranitar Darkness       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 090/141
Karen's Umbreon Darkness       Pokémon VS Rare Holo 091/141
Karen's Houndoom Fire       Pokémon VS Common 092/141
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Karen's TM 01 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 125/141
Karen's TM 02 T [TM]       Pokémon VS Uncommon 126/141
 

Trivia

  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Karen is the only member of the Elite Four who uses a different final Pokémon from the first match. In her case, she replaces Houndoom with Umbreon, though Houndoom is still present.
  • In her rematch in HeartGold and SoulSilver, Karen is the only member of the Elite Four who does not use a Pokémon from a three-stage evolutionary line.
    • She also is the only Johto Elite Four member who uses Pokémon which do not evolve in their rematch.
  • Of the three current notable Dark-type specialists (Sidney, Grimsley and herself), she is the only one who is female.
  • Karen is the only Elite Four member in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver that uses more than one Pokémon that are not of her specialty type and have no moves of her specialty type, being Gengar and Vileplume.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese カリン Karin From 花梨 karin (Burmese rosewood) or 榠樝 karin (Chinese quince)
English, Italian, Spanish Karen Similar to Japanese name. Also contains the last five letters of 'darken'.
French Marion Contains the word noir (black) backwards.
German Melanie From the ancient Greek word μέλας melas (black, dark). Also similar to Melancholie (melancholia).
Spanish* Morgana From Morgan le Fay.
Korean 카렌 Karen Similar to Japanese name.
Chinese (Taiwan) 梨花 Líhuā From 花梨 Karin, with the characters reversed.
Chinese (Mainland China) 梨花 Líhuā* Same as Taiwanese name
梨林 Lílín* Possibly from 花梨 karin and 花林 karin.



Members of Team Rocket
Bosses: Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket Monsters)

Madame Boss*Masked Man*

Executives: ArcherArianaPetrelProton

Carl*Sham*Will*Karen*Grey*

Trios:
 
Jessie, James, & Meowth (JJM)
Koga*, Lt. Surge*, & Sabrina* (Triad)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET)
Carr, Sird, & Orm (T3B)
Duos: Butch & CassidyAttila & HunAnnie & Oakley*
Others:

 
ExecutivesScientistsGruntsRocket BrothersGideonDr. Fuji
DominoIron-Masked MarauderTysonWendyDr. Namba
SebastianViperMondoPierceDr. ZagerChristopher
MiyamotoRocket ScoutMatoriKaedeBlaine*

Indigo League
Generation I and Generation III
Spr FRLG Lorelei.png
Elite Four
Lorelei
Spr FRLG Bruno.png
Elite Four
Bruno
Spr FRLG Agatha.png
Elite Four
Agatha
Spr FRLG Lance.png
Elite Four
Lance
Blue
Champion
Blue
Generation II and Generation IV
VSWill.png
Elite Four
Will
VSKoga.png
Elite Four
Koga
VSBruno.png
Elite Four
Bruno
VSKaren.png
Elite Four
Karen
VSLance.png
Champion
Lance

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